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Gnocchi with Portobello Meat Sauce

January 25, 2010

Here’s a quick dinner that I literally threw together in less than 30 minutes. I love these 1 pound lean ground beef packages from Trader Joe’s because they come in handy for a lot of quick meals. This dish combines moist and tender ground beef with diced portobello mushrooms all tossed together with hot chewy gnocchi in a rich tomato sauce. If you want something more decadent, you can easily make this into a baked casserole and layer the pasta/meat mixture with layers of shredded mozzarella topped with some breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. I opted for the lighter version and just broiled some shredded cheese on top of each dish for a nice cheesy bite.

Gnocchi with Portobello Meat Sauce

Serves 4


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen gnocchi
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 large portobello caps, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups well-chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided


  1. In a saute pan, heat olive oil and add garlic and cook until fragrant
  2. Add in ground beef, spinach, portobello mushroom, diced tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper and oregano.
  3. Boil the gnocchi in salted water per package instructions. Drain pasta, toss with some olive oil. Set aside.
  4. Add gnocchi to beef mixture and combine. Sprinkle some cheese on top and broil on high for 2 minutes until cheese melts.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2010 6:29 am

    ooo that looks good…

    yeah… you need a light box

    or what you can do temporarily… go to an art supply or craft store, spend a few bucks on a couple of poster boards (with the foamy center and make sure it has that shiny surface) and use those as reflectors… even with indirect light, they will still bounce light to the shaded areas….

    if you try that, play around with the angles and distances…. it’d even help with your shots you take outside… say if you were facing the sun… a reflector would help lighten the side of the subject you’re actually shooting… for example

    Caprese Stack

    the light was coming from the right, but I had a reflector about 10-12″ away on the left, angle a little down toward the subject

  2. January 25, 2010 12:11 pm

    Looks like a hearty meal.


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